The DNC is in a panic. It has the weakest candidate it's run in recent history. Polls tell us most Americans, even Democrats, think Hillary is dishonest.
So Democrats have an option, you say?
Not really, since many Bernie supporters think socialism has something to do with "social" media.
They are in trouble.
Yet pollsters keep their focus on who could beat whom in a head-to-head matchup. I am not sure that tells us very much.
I think the most potent poll would be asking about second choices.
As I write, Hillary squeaked out an Iowa victory by some questionable coin flips, and the victory was pyrrhic at best. She is poised to lose New Hampshire. The Democrats' likely victor, Bernie Sanders the Socialist, is like a kid in a candy store riding a wave of a young voter sugar high. Not only are most of his voters unaware of the meaning of socialist (Sanders' ideological identity) when asked, there is another illuminating question they haven't been asked.
When Bernie supporters, mostly under age 44, are asked who their second choice for president is, if Bernie is no longer an option, their response is insightful. The DNC likely assumes that if Bernie were out of the race, his voters would go to Hillary, or whomever the anointed option may be if Hillary ends up in prison.
But I have found an interesting pattern.
When I ask people supporting Bernie who their second choice would be, they almost always say, "Trump."
I realize that is anecdotal, but this has the DNC in a tailspin. That is why they want to keep the focus on Trump's negatives. But here is what is more telling: Most Trump voters' second choice for POTUS would not be Bernie or Hillary. Most Trump voters would choose another GOP candidate if they couldn't vote for their guy.
If polled and my theory proves out, this is devastating for the DNC, and it is no wonder they are acting erratic and desperate, with conversations about Bloomberg or Biden entering the race.
They are grasping at straws, hoping that one of the people they have in their arsenal will be an even stronger candy-high to their young voters than Bernie. They are scrambling like eggs in a New Hampshire diner trying to find someone – anyone – who might appeal to the Bernie voters besides Trump.
When Bernie topples over, and he will topple over, if many of those votes fall to Trump, the DNC knows it can't win with a Hillary alternative, because she simply doesn't appeal to anyone except disenfranchised, shrill feminists. Most of them burned more than their bras during their escapades in the 1970s and now, they're a weak hope, at best.
The DNC doesn't want you to know. After all of its manipulating and peddling of bread and circuses, its Candyland trail got sticky, and looks to have a dead end.